Kirengeshoma Plant Growing & Care Guide for Gardeners

In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Kirengeshoma plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.

Yellow Waxbells: Cultivation & Garden Use

Kirengeshoma are a genus of hardy perennials that reach from 90 to 120 cm (3 to 4 feet) in height.

They carry maple shaped leaves and funnel shaped flowers of cream atop purple stems.

The common name for this woodland plant is yellow waxbells.

Kirengeshoma palmata

Kirengeshoma palmata photographs by Wallygrom and Issyeyre.

Kirengeshoma Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Yellow Waxbells.
Scientific Names: Kirengeshoma palmata; Kirengeshoma koreana.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
Height: 36 to 48 inches (90 to 120 cm).
Native: East Asia.
Growing Region: Zones 5 to 9.
Flowers: Species dependent: Late summer and autumn.
Flower Details: Cream, Yellow. Cone-shaped. Crystalline.
Foliage: Herbaceous. Deeply-lobed. Palmate. Dark green. Hairy.
Sow Outside: Cover seed. Following the last frost. Spacing 24 to 36 inches (60 to 90 cm).
Sow Inside: Germination time: one to twelve months. Temperature: 55 to 65°F (13 to 18°C). Any time of the year. Transplant outdoors following the last frost.
Requirements and care: Partial shade. Good drainage. Deep acidic soil. Humus rich soil, moist soil, cool soil. Mix in organic material when planting; do not use manure. Propagate: by dividing established plants (four years minimum) in the spring in cooler areas or the autumn in warmer areas.
Miscellaneous: Kirengeshoma palmata is a native of Japan and is most commonly grown in the garden. The Korean species - Kirengeshoma koreana - tends to be larger, but not as graceful.

How to Grow Yellow Waxbells (Kirengeshoma)

If you plan to grow the woodland plant Yellow Waxbells in your garden then sow seeds following the last frost of spring.

Simply cover the seeds with topsoil once sown. They like to grow in areas that have part shade and a cool well drained soil.

Ideally the soil that yellow bells grow in should also be acidic and enhanced by the addition of organic matter.

If you plan to start growing Yellow waxbells (Kirengeshoma) indoors first, then the seeds can take from one to ten months to germinate at 12 to 18 degrees Centigrade (54 to 64°F).

Once growing the plants should not be put out in the garden until after the last frost of the following spring.

The Yellow waxbells plant should be spaced at abouut 75 cm (30 inches) apart.

Caring for Yellow Waxbells

Once established Yellow Waxbells be disturbed for at least four years; after that time more yellow waxbells can be had by division of the plants in the spring.

Common Questions

How many members does the Kirengeshoma genus have?

The Kirengeshoma genus is quite small, with only two species. These shade-loving perennials are native to Eastern Asia.

Do members of Kirengeshoma make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Kirengeshoma can make a great addition to woodland or shade gardens, known for their interesting foliage and delicate, bell-shaped flowers.

Which Kirengeshoma species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

Kirengeshoma palmata is the most frequently grown species due to its attractive foliage and charming, yellow flowers.

Are members of the Kirengeshoma plant genus fragrant?

Kirengeshoma species are not noted for their fragrance, but their delicate flowers and lush foliage make them a garden favorite.

What is the perfect location to grow Kirengeshoma?

Kirengeshoma prefers a location with partial to full shade and rich, moist soil. They're perfect for a woodland garden or a shaded border.

Is Kirengeshoma invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Currently, Kirengeshoma species are not considered invasive in the USA.

How do I remove Kirengeshoma plants from my garden?

To remove Kirengeshoma, simply dig up the entire plant. Make sure to remove all roots to prevent it from growing back.


The Kirengeshoma genus, a member of the Hydrangeaceae family, comprises two perennials native to East Asia. Recognized for their yellow, bell-shaped flowers and maple-like leaves, these plants are often used in shade gardens.

Kirengeshoma prefers partial to full shade and moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Regular watering is necessary. Propagation is typically done through seeds or division, generally in the spring or fall.

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